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art [Day 2 – Santiago]
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 We were picked up at 3:00 pm from our apartment. We had a very nice guide, from Siantiago, but he’d spent 28 years of his life in Los Angeles so spoke very good English. ​ We were picked up at 3:00 pm from our apartment. We had a very nice guide, from Siantiago, but he’d spent 28 years of his life in Los Angeles so spoke very good English. ​
  
-The starting point was the top of the XXXX, a hill of steep rock that was just next to our apartments. This was one of the earliest places where Spanish forces set up a fort. They also used it as a place to display the bodies of native Indian that they had killed in retaliation for various misdemeanours. There is a statue of a dog, which is one of the animals that was introduced by the Spanish – and used to attack the local Indians. So the statue was to frighten them. We came to the conclusion that the Spanish Conquistadors were not very nice people. At the top of the fort is a good view of the city – but the day was misty (smoggy?) so the mountains could only be seen hazily in the distance.+The starting point was the top of the XXXX, a hill of steep rock that was just next to our apartments. This was one of the earliest places where Spanish forces set up a fort. They also used it as a place to display the bodies of native Indian that they had killed in retaliation for various misdemeanours. There is a statue of a dog, which is one of the animals that was introduced by the Spanish – and used to attack the local Indians. So the statue was to frighten them. We came to the conclusion that the Spanish Conquistadors were not very nice people. At the top of the fort is a good view of the city – but the day was misty (smoggy?) so the mountains could only be seen hazily in the distance.[{{ :​holidays:​abroad:​peru:​santiago_city.jpg|Santiago}}]
  
 Our guide drove us round the old city, and was going to stop at the cathedral. But as we’d been there that morning, we skipped that and carried on driving. He took us round some areas further afield, where the rich and privileged used to live – but the buildings are now crumbling. Many have been taken over by the Universities,​ and are being done up now. So it’s a peculiar mixture of ruins and young people. ​ Our guide drove us round the old city, and was going to stop at the cathedral. But as we’d been there that morning, we skipped that and carried on driving. He took us round some areas further afield, where the rich and privileged used to live – but the buildings are now crumbling. Many have been taken over by the Universities,​ and are being done up now. So it’s a peculiar mixture of ruins and young people. ​
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